Released at the end of December 2020 exclusively in Japan, the SEGA Astro City Mini not only looks like the original 1993 Astro City but also comes with 37 different SEGA Arcade games. SEGA has also released various accessories to support the Astro City Mini, including a six-button gamepad, arcade stick, and a Game Center Style Kit. The Game Center Style Kit includes a coin bank that snaps into the Astro City Mini to complete its resemblance to the Astro City while also having a seat and marquee with stickers. With two USB ports, an audio-out jack, and an HDMI port that displays the included arcade games at a 720P resolution, it’s hard not to fall in love with this little unit. Those outside of Japan that would like to add the Astro City Mini to their collection can easily do so by signing up for an Amazon.JP account and having it shipped internationally to them.
The emulation of the Astro City Mini games is mostly accurate, but I did detect a bit of input lag on side-scrolling shooters like Thunder Force AC. Games like Alien Syndrome, Shadow Dancer, Virtual Boy, and Arabian Fight were the main reason I wanted to pick up the Astro City Mini, and they played great on both the on-screen game cabinet and on a big-screen hook up via HDMI cable.
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